Barad, Karen: Nature’s Queer Performativity [en]

Barad, K. (2011). Nature’s Queer Performativity. In: Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, 19(2), 121–158.

In this article, Karen Barad entertains thepossibility of the queerness of one of the mostpervasive of all critters – atoms. These “ultra-queer” critters with their quantum quotidi-an qualities queer queerness itself in theirradically deconstructive ways of being. Giventhat queer is a radical questioning of identityand binaries, including the nature/culturebinary, this article aims to show that all sortsof seeming impossibilities are indeed possible,including the queerness of causality, matter,space, and time. What if queerness were un-derstood to reside not in the breech of nature/culture, per se, but in the very nature ofspacetimemattering, Barad asks. This articlealso considers questions of ethics and justice,and in particular, examines the ways inwhich moralism insists on having its waywith the nature/culture divide. Barad ar-gues that moralism, feeds off of human excep-tionalism, and, in particular, human superi-ority and causes injury to humans and non-humans alike, is a genetic carrier of genoci-dal hatred, and undermines ecologies of di-versity necessary for flourishing.

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